Date: Sep 19, 2018
Author: Lily Folkerts
“La esperanza está en la verdad”—September 26th marks the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students in Mexico. Check out this toolkit with actions you can take to understand and protest the lack of progress in the case!
For four years, the Mexican government has stuck by
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its “verdad histórica,” proven impossible by international experts time and time again. For four years, authorities have made over 120 arrests in connection to the case with no convictions for enforced disappearance. For four years, the students’ families and friends have demanded justice—JOIN THEM.
Four years have passed. Yet we still don’t know what really happened to the students. What we do know is that enforced disappearances by security forces and corruption by government officials are not uncommon—they’re part of an ongoing human rights crisis in Mexico.
And that’s why we can’t forget the 43 normalistas. Or the over 37,000 other disappeared individuals in Mexico that continue to suffer on the Ayotzinapa case’s fourth anniversary. Years may have passed, but our demand for truth and justice will. not. fade. TAKE ACTION >> What’s more, the Mexican government is at a crossroads. President Enrique Peña Nieto steps down to Andrés Manuel López Obrador in December, making this the perfect moment to pressure the outgoing and incoming administrations. And, we must also denounce our own government’s involvement through assistance to Mexican security forces. Together, we can do all this—by increasing international pressure by speaking out.
The case might be complicated, but the injustices are not. So, here’s a place to start. Right now, Representative Lowenthal is rallying other members of Congress to show renewed support for truth in this emblematic case and all cases of rights violations. He’s circulating a statement to be made public on the anniversary of their disappearance. Use our toolkit to update yourself on the case, then CALL your representative and ask them to sign-on to the statement being circulated by Representative Lowenthal!